Essential Info for Kenya

The Kenyan national flagFull name: Republic of Kenya

Population: Over 48 million

Capital city: Nairobi

Other major cities: Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru

Neighbouring countries: Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Geography: On the eastern coast of central Africa, Kenya's geography varies from low-lying plains to fertile central highlands that are bisected by the Great Rift Valley. The Kenyan Highlands boast one of the most successful agricultural areas in the region and are also home to the country's highest peak, Mount Kenya (about 17,057 feet, or just short of 6,000 metres).

Political system: Unitary presidential constitutional republic. Politically, Kenya is relatively stable but there is a chance that political unrest may occur from time to time.

Major religions: Christianity and Islam

Main languages: English, Kiswahili

Money: The Kenyan Shilling (KES), divided into 100 cents. Expats can open a bank account in Kenya but many prefer to continue using their overseas accounts, especially if they're only in Kenya for a short period. ATMs are widely available in major cities such as Nairobi or Mombasa. However, it's best to carry cash when travelling to Kenya's rural areas where it will be difficult to find ATMs and bureaux de change.

Tipping: Tips are common for most small services in addition to the standard 10 percent expected in restaurants, hotels and taxis. 

Time: GMT+3

Electricity: Electricity supply is 240 volts, 50Hz. UK-style square three-pin plugs are used.

Internet domain: .ke

International dialling code: +254. City/area codes are used e.g. (0)41 for Mombasa and (0)20 for Nairobi.

Emergency contacts: For police, ambulance or fire service, dial 999. Police can also be reached on 122.

Transport and driving: While public transport does exist in all of Kenya's big cities, it's not always efficient or safe. The best option is for expats to use a private vehicle and hire a driver who is familiar with the local driving conditions. Drive on the left-hand side.

Login with your Facebook account (Recommended)